Guida tried to game plan his way around Gray
Maynard. It did not work.
Bewildered and frustrated by Guida’s relentless movement and
erratic gyrations, Maynard overcame his emotions to defeat “The
Carpenter” by split decision in the UFC
on FX 4 headliner on Friday at the Revel Casino in Atlantic
City, N.J. All three judges scored the five-round bout 48-47, two
of them siding with Maynard (11-1-1, 9-1-1 UFC), who won for the
first time since August 2010.
Afterward, the man they call “The Bully” did not mince words.
“I thought Guida was coming to fight. I came to fight. I wanted to
get bloody and have fun. It was a five-round fight. I wanted to
prove to people that I could go a hard five,” Maynard said. “I
thought Guida was going to come here to do it. He’s a tough kid. He
came here with a little game plan, whatever it was. I thought I won
that fight, fair and square.”
Guida bobbed and weaved, occasionally lunging in with punches, for
much of the bizarre 25-minute encounter. By the time round four
rolled around, Maynard’s frustrations boiled over. He stood in
front of Guida, hands at his side, daring him to throw punches.
Guida obliged and then shot in for an ill-advised takedown. He was
met by a strong Maynard sprawl and subsequent guillotine choke that
nearly finished him.
“I wanted to start doing that in the first round -- drop my hands
and, you know, let’s fight,” Maynard said. “I wanted to be
respectful, but that stuff got old.”
Guida (29-13, 9-7 UFC) delivered a sneaky head kick 90 seconds into
round five, only to resume his dance around the cage. At one point,
referee Dan Miragliotta halted the match to admonish him for an
unwillingness to engage. Maynard capitalized on the restart, as he
bullied Guida into the clinch along the cage and landed knees and
punches to the body and head. The crowd, once firmly in Guida’s
corner, had turned the other direction by the time it was over.
In the aftermath, Maynard fixed his sights on rival Frankie
Edgar, who will challenge Benson
Henderson for the lightweight championship at UFC 150 in
August. Maynard and Edgar have fought on three previous
“Let’s go for a top contender. I want that belt back. I want to
fight Edgar. I know Jersey doesn’t want to hear that, but I think
there should be a fourth fight,” Maynard said. “It’s going to be a
fun fight. Let [Edgar] take care of business with Benson, but I
want that Edgar fight and I want the belt.”
Stout Outduels Fisher in Rubber Match
Takedowns, excellent work to the body and a granite chin carried
Stout to a unanimous verdict over Spencer
Fisher in the lightweight co-main event. All three judges
scored it 30-27 for Stout (18-7-1, 7-6 UFC), who took the rubber
match in his memorable trilogy with “The King.”
Fisher (24-9, 9-8 UFC) stepped out as the aggressor, as he peppered
Stout with perfectly timed combinations throughout the first round.
Late in the frame, however, the Canadian kickboxer delivered the
first of his takedowns. It was a sign of what was to come. Stout
struck for another takedown in the second round and two more in the
third, exposing a gaping hole in Fisher’s defenses. With the
striking at a virtual standstill, wrestling provided Stout with the
edge he needed.
The 36-year-old Fisher has lost five of his last six fights.
Ebersole Outpoints Waldburger, Streak Reaches 11
Ebersole survived a harrowing first round to defeat Brazilian
jiu-jitsu brown belt T.J.
Waldburger via unanimous decision in a featured welterweight
matchup. All three cageside judges scored it 29-28 for Ebersole
(50-14-1, 4-0 UFC), who has rattled off 11 consecutive
Ebersole File Photo
Ebersole has won 11 in a row.
This one was far from easy. Waldburger (15-7, 3-2 UFC) floored the
Thailand-based American with a short counter left hand inside the
first half minute of the bout and later threatened to finish him
with a nifty brabo choke. The experienced Ebersole weathered the
sequence, moved on to round two and went to work.
Over the final 10 minutes, he grounded Waldburger and punished the
Texan with a series of shoulder strikes, punches, elbows and
hammerfists from top position. The 24-year-old Waldburger tried to
counter with submissions, only to be denied at every turn. Ebersole
now owns a 16-5-1 mark in fights that go the distance.
Swanson Left Hook Finishes Pearson
Mixed Martial Arts representative Cub Swanson
put away “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 winner Ross
Pearson with a magnificent counter left hook and follow-up
ground strikes in a featherweight showcase. Pearson (13-6, 5-3 UFC)
met his end 4:14 into round two.
Swanson’s speed and aggression proved the difference in the bout,
as he routinely beat the Brit to the punch. Pearson moved into top
position twice on the ground but failed to capitalize fully on the
advantage, allowing the Californian to escape to his feet.
Late in the second round, Swanson fired a grazing front kick to
Pearson’s head. The
Alliance MMA export pressed forward, pushing Swanson towards
the cage. He ate a pair of straight right hands for his troubles.
Swanson (17-5, 2-1 UFC) was still backpedaling when he uncorked the
left hook with stunning power and precision. A dazed Pearson
crashed into the cage, and, in an instant, it was over.
“I was hitting him with a lot of shots, and he didn’t show that he
was getting hurt at all,” Swanson said. “I’m really good at that
exiting left hook. I saw him go for a knee or something, and he
dropped both his hands. I was circling that way and hit him right
on the button. He fell backwards, and it kind of confused me. I
tried to jump on him, but it was already over.”More UFC on FX 4 »
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